Closets of Shame
Posted by Beckie | Filed under Beckie
When new acquaintances come over to my house, they usually look around longingly say “Gee Beckie, your house is so neat….” I usually quip “Well, you aren’t allowed to open any closet doors!”
Being blessed with a 2400 square foot house in the ‘burbs, I feel like we have quite a lot of space for our “stuff”, but I also hate clutter, so I tend to dump things into closets and drawers when I’m cleaning up. As we all know, looks can be deceiving, and for the record I am far from being a perfectly organized person. At some point I reach my breaking point, usually after months of opening the overfilled drawer or closet, shuddering at the mess, and closing it really quickly. If I don’t have to see the mess, then it isn’t really there…right?
Well, obviously I like to delude myself into having a house worthy of a decorating magazine. I’ll also just pretend I don’t see those carpet stains and dust balls lurking under dressers. But spring has sprung and I recently decided it was time to deal with the mess and organize the closets and drawers. The downside of this cleaning rampage is all of the work involved, but the upside is finding some well…interesting things.
Found in my TV Cabinet: The TV (well, duh…but it was covered in dust fur), several pieces of cat food (we haven’t had a cat in 5 years, this is so embarrassing), VHS tapes (don’t have a VCR anymore), DVDs to sort through and giveaway, money, wait PAUSE…money? Yes, there were a couple of quarters and a dime and a few pennies. Not much by itself, but when I add that to the money found in drawers, in clothing pockets, underneath dressers, inside knapsacks, an old wallet I forgot about, inside sofa cushions…All this adds up to a nice little stash.
Lest you think that I am being a martyr and doing all the work myself, I roped in the “little dude” (age 6) into helping to tackle his “mini-me” junk drawer, as well as his bursting closet. I found a Tupperware for a zillion of his Kinder surprise egg toys. The closet is still a work in-progress because he tends to put his toys in there that he doesn’t want his little sister to touch (she’s 2), so even after we reduce the toy mountain, it seems to re-grow overnight
As for the “found money”, I’m going to keep it as a float for some outdoor toys I’d like to buy, such as jump ropes, bubbles, sidewalk chalk, and new sand for the sand box.